Enjoyed the conference? Two more on the horizon . . .
If you attended last month's USA conference, you participated in the ATM industry's return to in-person events and networking. And we are not done yet – two more events are very close on the horizon.
Our return to Las Vegas was tentative, at best, for a painfully long stretch of time. But in the end, the timing turned out to be perfect. Requirements for social distancing and wearing a mask were lifted on June 1, allowing for an environment that felt quite normal.
Over 800 attendees and about 80 exhibitors took part in this landmark event. A number of industry awards were also given out. Please join us in congratulating the winners.
Having just barely caught our breath from the strain of a very challenging 16 months of "planning", we are working hard to prepare for the first in-person U.S. Security Conference in September – just around the corner.
You will want to join your ATM industry colleagues in Minneapolis, MN, September 23-24, for the ATMIA U.S. Security Conference. Experts from financial institutions, law enforcement, and technology providers will discuss their perspective of the ATM crime landscape, countermeasures, and best practices for mitigating potential damages. Our impressive program will focus on the U.S., but also incorporate emerging threats already being seen in other markets.
Although it is on a shortened time-table, planning for ATMIA’s 2022 U.S. event is already underway. Scheduled for February 8-10 in Orlando, the theme of the conference is “Reinventing the ATM ecosystem – a new dawn of self-service innovation”. We are anticipating an all-time record turnout.
Watch for the Call for Speakers, which will be going out in the weeks ahead. Exhibit and sponsorship options will also be available shortly.
Best regards to all,
Feel free to reach ATMIA USA executive director David Tente by email at email@example.com or telephone +1.407.833.7906.
Bitcoin Depot®: Bringing Bitcoin to the Masses™
Bitcoin Depot is a crypto ATM network with a mission to provide the most secure, convenient, and fast crypto transactions, ultimately opening up the digital currency market to the masses and expanding access to those in underbanked communities. As a company, we've created a way for crypto to be easily accessible by all. Our 3000+ strong network of crypto ATMs enables users to buy Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum instantly at thousands of locations across North America.
Brandon Mintz, Founder, President, and CEO of Bitcoin Depot, is a passionate entrepreneur on a mission to create the largest crypto ATM network in the world. For years, Mintz has sent shock waves throughout the industry, all before the age of 30. He’s revered as the “King of Bitcoin ATMs” according to major publications: an accurate moniker given his expansive footprint of crypto ATMs spanning nearly all 50 U.S. States and Canada, quite literally landing him on the proverbial map. Mintz currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, which also serves as the home for his company’s headquarters.
Bitcoin Depot has earned Mintz a spot on the INC. 5000 List in 2020, which ranks the top-revenue powerhouses in the private sector each year. This latest achievement is just one of the many accolades he has received. In truth, the company has been celebrating exponential growth year over year since its founding in 2016. Indeed, the company is growing and continues to Bring Crypto to the Masses™. Learn more about us on our website here!
We can point you to the ATM talent you need!
The ATM Industry Career Center is not just another job board. It is a robust career site offering job seekers and employers in this unique industry a place to converge on common objectives. And it is the only career site dedicated solely to ATM talent and the ATM industry.
In the last 12 months, over 34,000 visitors have used the ATM Industry Career Center. Today there are nearly 500 active job seekers registered on the site. All of it focused on ATM industry talent!
Both employers and job seekers can set up a free account. ATMIA membership is not required, but members do receive discounted rates on job postings and other services. And this is not just a robust and sophisticated job board. It is also a marketing resource that can help you “sell” candidates on the benefits of working for your organization. Make your company stand out among other employers with a variety of branding opportunities:
- Create and attach a 60-second video to your postings
- Use an enhanced job posting that can include elements of your company profile
- Create and post a company profile page
- Be part of the banner ad rotation
- Make your posting a Featured Job to gain more attention
Contact ATMIA USA Executive Director, David Tente for more information.
Universal cash deposits
ATMIA has published a public position paper recommending the widespread adoption of Universal Cash Deposit systems and standards for ATM networks worldwide.
“Japan led the way with the first cash-recirculating ATM in 1982, and deposit-taking ATMs and recirculating ATMs are now quite popular,” commented Mike Lee, CEO of ATMIA and Chairperson of the Consortium for Next Gen ATMs. “However, with the number of bank branches continuing to decline in many countries, our industry needs to go up a gear to increase this functionality on a more standardised basis.”
The paper, which will be posted in the public domain and sent to regulators, promotes the position that Universal Cash Deposit for ATMs will assist communities and businesses in dealing with the decline in bank branches, while making cash itself more competitive in order to protect on-going access to cash for all demographic groups.
"As pointed out by Cash Essentials, deposit is a key element of access to cash, both for consumers but, more especially, for retailers and merchants, who need to deposit their cash into a bank account frequently and at a reasonable cost,” Lee added. “Otherwise, they might become reluctant to accept it on their premises as a form of payment.”
Legislative alert sponsorship available for 2022
For 2021, Cardtronics was the only member sponsor for the Stateside Associates monitoring services. Since this is such an important benefit for all ATMIA members, ATMIA reallocated funds in order serve as the second sponsor. It includes legislative alerts, regulatory (new law) alerts, and the ATM compliance portal.
The number varies a bit, but somewhere between 400 and 500 ATMIA members receive every alert throughout the year. In a typical year, 250-300 alerts are sent out – which totals somewhere between 100,000 and 150,000 impressions!
Linked logos of both sponsors are displayed in the header of the email alert, along with a printed link at the bottom of the message. Sponsors also receive multiple mentions for their support in the this newsletter, during meetings, and in news items generated by Stateside activity.
This is a great opportunity to give your organization additional and repetitive visibility to a significant segment of our membership.
For more information, contact David Tente. These alerts begin in early January and are at their highest level of activity during the first half of the year. We would like to have both sponsorship commitments in place by the end of the third quarter.
Local and State advocacy updates
Bans on Cashless Retail Establishments
Colorado became the fifth state to require that retail establishments accept cash as a form of payment for in-person transactions. Others that have previously implemented such requirements include New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts (which has had this requirement in place for quite some time). The cities of Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and San Francisco have local cashless bans in place.
Grass roots activity in this effort has been quite significant. Since the beginning of the year, a total of 15 states have introduced proposals to ban cashless retail. Not to be outdone by a show of effort elsewhere, New York has four different proposals in play. Connecticut has taken the unusual approach of introducing two bills – one that prohibits retail establishments from refusing cash and another that prevents them from forcing customers to use credit cards.
Although neither the Senate or House has re-introduced the Payment Choice Act, we remain hopeful that Congress will pick up this measure later in the year.
Texas HB 2629 would have created a burdensome new ATM registration regime for IADs
The proposed legislation targets non-bank ATM operators, and creates a new licensing and registration regime for ATMs not owned or operated by a financial institution. Supporters of this measure were circulating false and misleading information about the ATM industry, claiming that IADs are not subject to any vetting, compliance or oversight.
HB 2629 would require that operators register an ATM at least 30 days before putting terminals into service or moving them, along with:
- Name, address, and telephone number of the facility or place of business where the ATM will be located
- Name, address, and telephone number of the occupant
- Name, address, and telephone number of the operator
- ATM equipment information, including the quantity, equipment make, equipment model, and machine identification or serial number
- Any other relevant information that may be required by the department
All of this is on the pretext that none of the above information is available to law enforcement, should it be required to help disrupt human trafficking. In fact, all of that information is already available to law enforcement, along with the data necessary to identify specific cash withdrawals.
IADs would also be required to submit copies of "each agreement used or intended to be used by the operator relating to the operation of the unmanned teller machine", creating privacy and probable cause issues that would likely end up in court.
ATMIA has reached out to the author of the bill and its sponsor to correct these misconceptions but has not received a response. The bill passed in the state House, but did not make any further progress.
It appears that this bill was not considered by the Texas Senate, which would mean that it failed upon adjournment on May 31, 2021.
Members should stay alert for any similar initiatives in other states.
We need YOUR sponsorship to make our 2021 Washington, DC Fly-in a reality
Our 2021 DC Fly-in had been scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, 2021 on Capitol Hill, with a strategy meeting to take place March 23rd at 5:00pm ET. Due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding in-person meetings, the Fly-in has been postponed. Once we have confidence in our ability to have face-to-face meetings, a new date will be scheduled.
In order to host the Fly-In this year, we will need a Sponsor for the event! This is a great opportunity to host a very visible and important advocacy event – and give your organization some unique exposure for the next 6 or 7 months. And promotion of the event will continue until it takes place.
It is too early to determine what our focus will be, but support for reintroduction of the Payment Choice Act bills in the Senate and House, as well as the new OCC rulemaking, are expected to be at the top of our list.
For more information about sponsoring or participating in the Fly-In, contact David Tente.
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ATMIA Academy offers ongoing, certified ATM operator education and training that conforms to industry best practices.
Courses are designed for ATM operators/owners doing business in regional, national and global markets. Content draws on the collective knowledge of ATMIA members, and is based on extensive research into the operating practices and procedures of ATM businesses worldwide.
There are five courses comprising complete ATM Operator responsibilities with several short, interactive and highly informative sessions. A click and learn-at-your-own-pace approach provides flexibility to control progress through each session on your own schedule and terms.
ATMIA Certifies World’s First Next Gen ATM Product
ATMIA has certified the world’s first Next Gen ATM product, following a multi-year global project, involving over 400 companies in 56 countries, to create a new global API App model for ATMs.
This is a milestone in the actual reinvention of the ATM to integrate ATMs into the mobile-digital world and to set up a new wave of innovation and investment in our industry through this dynamic ecosystem,” commented Mike Lee, CEO of ATMIA, President of the ATM Security Association and Chairperson of the Consortium for Next Gen ATMs.
KLEAR Technologies, Inc., founded in 2013, and headquartered in Las Vegas, has become the first company in the world to attain official Next Gen ATM certification. The certification was awarded for its patented product, SecurPair, which provides for secure authentication of financial transactions by validating device-to-terminal pairing, for example, in cardless ATM transactions, using a QR code. ATM vendors can deploy downloadable software to accommodate acquiring of the transactions, while issuers will have a software development kit (SDK) to add to their mobile app to effect the authentication. Read more . . .
Membership Benefit Reminder
There are so many benefits to ATMIA membership, it's easy to lose track of them all. Watch the Newsletter each month for reminders about one of those membership benefits and tips about how to take advantage of it.
ATMIA hosts several webinars each year that are focused on timely industry topics. Recordings of these webinars are stored in our Market Research Library for our members to view at your convenience. You can view the list of webinar recordings at https://www.atmia.com/market-research/ and select the ‘webinar’ tab.
Check out what's happening with our committee groups:
Why you should be involved in at least one committee group
Access to ATM committee groups is one of the most beneficial perks of membership. And you have your pick of regional groups, global groups - or both. There are no limits on how many groups you may participate in. The only restriction is that you can only join regional committees that are part of a region of which you are a member.
Two of the most popular U.S. regional groups are for ATM deployers – one for financial institutions and one for independents. Our largest global groups are the Consortium for NextGen ATM and a variety of different security related committees.
Obviously each group is a great vehicle for keeping up with happenings related to its area of expertise. It is also a conduit for expressing your own views on critical policies and developments. And there is no better way to get to know your colleagues.
More information about committees is available on the ATM Committees home page. Your can join a committee by signing into your ATM account and clicking on the 'My Committee' link. Also feel free to reach out to David Tente regarding USA Regional groups and to Mike Lee regarding global groups.
ATMIA Facebook Page
Have you checked out ATMIA's Facebook page yet? Here are some of the benefits of joining our community on Facebook:
Keep abreast of ATM industry news and developments on:
- Latest technology
- Operational efficiencies
- Upcoming ATM focused events
- And more….
On our page, you can find all things ATM's and so much more. "Like" us on Facebook us today!
Upcoming committee meetings
U.S. Regional Board
The U.S. Regional Board meets quarterly to discuss important issues, committee activities, and the financial health of the chapter. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 11:00am EDT,. All U.S Board level members are invited to participate
Financial Institution ATM Deployer Forum
The FI ATM Deployer Forum group meets quarterly and is limited to financial institution ATM deployers. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26, 2021 at 11:00am EDT. Meeting invitations will be sent to all committee members shortly.
Independent ATM Deployers (IAD) Committee
All IADs and their providers are welcome to participate in the IAD Committee, which meets bimonthly. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Agust 24, 2021 at 11:00am EDT. Meeting invitations will be sent to all committee members, with agendas to follow shortly.
Questions and requests for committee meeting invitations may be directed to David Tente
Welcome our new members
New U.S. members since the last newsletter was published:
Associate and Small Business level memberships
Royal ATM Systems, White Plains, NY
Did You Know? You can upgrade your membership level at any time. Move up to Board level for greater visibility and a stronger voice in the direction of the Region. Interested in becoming a U.S. Regional Board Member? A unique membership level for financial institutions? Contact David Tente for more information on this and other membership options.
Don't Forget - if your membership is expiring soon, you can receive a 5% discount by renewing before the end of the month in which it expires.
Earn discounts on your membership and offer new members a 20% discount
ATMIA members can now offer friends and affiliates 20% off membership AND earn a discount on their own membership renewal. For a limited time, earn up to $500 USD in discounts on your next renewal as part of ATMIA’s new Membership Referral Program. Each referral is worth $100 USD.
“To make it as easy as possible for members to promote the referral program, ATMIA has put together a variety of resources and each member company has been assigned a unique referral codes that can be found under the ‘my account’ tab on the ATMIA site,” says Amber Howell, ATMIA Membership & Social Media Manager. For mor details about how it works, click here.
Members can find their own personal link and email text/images to use under the ‘Member Referrals’ icon in their My ATMIA Account section of the website.
of the Month
Since 2013, Gorilla ATM has been providing independent ATM operators and merchants with custom security solutions for their ATM machines. With over 50 years of combined experience in the ATM industry, the team at Gorilla ATM knows what it takes to keep ATM machines safe. Their story began in the Washington, DC metro area, where they owned and operated a number of independent ATMs. Following a large rash of break-ins, they were inspired to improve the security of their machines. Following the success of the enclosures for their own ATMs, they expanded to gas station clients and found that transactions increased by 30% when machines were placed outside. Over time, data and customer feedback have been used to optimize security surrounds for user-friendliness and safety. Having perfected surrounds for their own machines, they began offering the product to independent ATM operators and merchants nationwide. Gorilla ATM Security has been a loyal ATMIA member since 2013.